Book Conference, 2005

Welcome to website of The Third International Conference on the Book. To be held at the Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK from Sunday 11 September to Tuesday 13 September 2005, the conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the book and its surrounds — including the past, present and future of publishing, libraries, information, literacy and learning in the information society. Main speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authoring and information technologies, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations by researchers and practitioners.

This is a conference for any participant in the world of books — authors, publishers, printers, librarians, IT specialists, book retailers, editors, literacy educators and academic researchers. All are encouraged to register and attend this significant and timely conference. A range of travel, tour and accommodation options is also available.

Participants are also welcome to submit presentation proposals, either as 30 minute papers, 60 minute workshop, or jointly presented 90 minute colloquium sessions. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circles a forum for focused discussion of issues.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication before or after the conference in the International Journal of the Book. Presentations submitted for publication will be fully refereed and published in print and electronic formats. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are available, which provide access to the online edition of the conference proceedings. Virtual participants can also submit papers for refereeing and publication in the Journal.

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The Third International Conference on the Book

In the context of today’s rapid developments in information technologies, the book is indeed old medium of expression. Do the new media (the internet, multimedia texts and new delivery formats) represent a threat or an opportunity? What is the book's future, as a creature of and conduit for human creativity? These are the key questions that will be addressed at the Book Conference 2005.

This conference will address the provocative suggestion that, rather than being eclipsed by the new media, the book will thrive as a cultural and commercial artefact. More than this, the information architecture of the book, embodying as it does thousands of years' experience with recorded knowledge, may well prove critical to the success of the new media.

Following the success of our 2003 conference, held in Cairns, Australia, and our 2004 Conference, held in Beijing, China, the Book Conference 2005 will provide a forum for participants in the book publishing industry, librarians, researchers and teachers from around the world to discuss the past, present and future of the book, and with it, other key aspects of the information society, including publishing, libraries, information systems, literacy and education.

Our partner in this conference is the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. Oxford Brookes University has the longest history of publishing education and training in British higher education. The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is one of the leading international organisations in the field, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate awards, national and international training courses, consultancies and research programmes. It is part of the School of Arts and Humanities and is based in the Richard Hamilton Building on the Headington Hill Campus.

Oxford is the second largest publishing city in the UK, home to many major publishing companies including Oxford University Press, Blackwell Publishing, Elsevier Science, Harcourt Education and Macmillan. Many independent publishing organisations are also based in Oxford, including How to Books, the African Books Collective, Berg Publishing, Osprey Publishing and the Voltaire Foundation. London and its many publishing businesses are approximately one hour away by bus or train. Oxford is a world-renowned academic centre attracting students and researchers from many countries.

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